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Powerful 150hp Natural Gas Sedan From Iran

Iran Khodro, a Peugeot partner for producing its line of  405 and 206D sedans, announced the production of what it claims is the world’s most powerful natural gas engine at 150 hp.  The engine runs on compressed natural gas (CNG), and is supposed to comply with the EURO 4 emission standards.  It will first be installed in the Samand […]

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Israel's Elections: Platforms on Water

In preparation for Israeli election day, we present a series of posts with a summary of the environmental positions of the parties running for the Knesset on the following topics: Open Areas and Beaches, Green Energy, Radiation and Global Warming, Sustainable Development, Recycling, Water, and  Air & Industrial Pollution and Enforcement. WATER  

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Israel's Elections: Platforms on Recycling

In preparation for Israeli election day, we present a series of posts with a summary of the environmental positions of the parties running for the Knesset on the following topics: Open Areas and Beaches, Green Energy, Radiation and Global Warming, Sustainable Development, Recycling, Water, and  Air & Industrial Pollution and Enforcement. RECYCLING  

Israel's Elections: Platforms on Air Pollution, Industrial Pollution & Enforcement

In preparation for Israeli election day, we present a series of posts with a summary of the environmental positions of the parties running for the Knesset on the following topics: Open Areas and Beaches, Green Energy, Radiation and Global Warming, Sustainable Development, Recycling, Water, and  Air & Industrial Pollution and Enforcement. AIR POLLUTION, INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION & ENFORCEMENT

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Environmental Platforms for Israel's Elections

This Monday in Israel, we celebrate Tu Bishvat, the New Year for the Trees.  Traditionally a day for planting trees, in recent years it has become more and more a day for environmental awareness, turning form Israel’s Arbor Day into an Earth Day. Tu Bishvat is also the birthday of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament […]

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Q. Will Our Drinking Water Suddenly Stop? A. No

A friend of mine recently asked me with great concern about the water supply from his tap  – is it going to disappear tomorrow? Next week? We hear reports about all of the contamination of our water supplies, and we see the public service announcements in which the lovely model’s skin  turns to bark before […]

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Eilat Fish Cages: Out of frying pan, into Ashdod harbor

The Israel Union for Environmental Defense (IUED) reported that yesterday (September 14) the Israeli government approved plans to place fish cages in the Ashdod harbor.  This marine agriculture initiative was removed from the Eilat harbor after a controversy over whether they were harming the coral reefs in the Bay of Eilat/Aqaba.  Without getting into the […]

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Even Oil Rich Gulf Countries Look to Renewable Energy

You’d think that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in the Persian Gulf would have nothing to do with alternative energy initiatives, right?  Since they have close to a quarter of the global petroleum reserves literally underfoot, you might assume that they’d try to prevent the development of alternatives, or at least not be […]

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Israel Lacks National Plan to Address Climate Change

The chief scientist of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Yishayahu Bar-Or, released a statement yesterday Aug. 4, (and here [in Hebrew]) warning of the well known consequences of global warming that are expected in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean.  These include a rise in average temperature of 1.8 degrees Celsius already by 2020, a rise […]